Friendship
Grandma rescues baby wombat and now they have the most adorable relationship
A woman was driving when she saw a wombat get hit by a car. Sadly the mama wombat didn't make it but the baby in her pouch was alive and moving.
A.J. Gibson
06.27.22

A rescue that changed her world

Thanks to the kindness and compassion of a complete stranger, an adorable and wobbly little wombat named Pumpkin has a second chance at life.

Tash spied a wombat that had been run over on a road in South Australia. She pulled over and checked, but there was no hope for the mom.

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But when she peeked into the mom’s pouch, she found an orphaned baby wombat. Tash named the baby Pumpkin and took her home.

Adventures with Pumpkin

Thankfully, Tash lived on a farm and had experience caring for lambs, which carried over to saving Pumpkin’s life.

Pumpkin thrived in Tash’s care but soon became a little too destructive for Tash, so she forlornly took her to Two Songs Sanctuary where she knew the wee wombat would not just survive but thrive.

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Linda and Bronte run the sanctuary.

At last count, the sanctuary cared for 27 kangaroos, eight wombats, two ponies, and a couple of dogs.

Linda, a mom and grandma, thoroughly enjoys surrounding herself with the adorable animals.

All of the creatures are brought to Linda and Bronte by good Samaritans who rescued them from an emergency situation. Pumpkin is no different.

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The love between Linda and Pumpkin

Surprisingly, the plump little wombat loves Linda to pieces and loves to cuddle with her. Their bond is amazing.

“Pumpkin has done for me what my sons and granddaughter have done for me,” Linda said.

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She’s almost like a dog in that she loves to cuddle, will dig in the couch, and even responds to her name.

“But maybe more like a cat in that they don’t listen to what you want them to do,” Bronte said.

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Together forever

Both Linda and Bronte adore Pumpkin and the wombat showers them with love and affection in return. She’ll be theirs until she crosses the rainbow bridge.

“The government doesn’t allow us to release so we have to keep all of the animals and provide a forever home to them. Wombats probably live up to 35 years and kangaroos 25 years, so it’s a huge commitment,” Linda said.

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That commitment includes constant repairs to structures, nonstop animal feedings, and loving upon them.

“Bronte and I don’t have holidays anymore and we’re okay with that because we just love what we do. There’s always something going on. It’s around the clock. Our washing machine never stops and there’s a lot of cleaning,” Linda said.

Animals first

In fact, the pair is so dedicated to animals like Pumpkin that they live in a shed so they can focus on providing for the animals.

“They have no voice in this world we live in. We all should be kind. These animals come to us so vulnerable yet they’re so resilient. I can’t tell you just how lucky we are to be given the chance in our short lifetime to look after such amazing animals,” Linda added.

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Wonderful wombats

It’s amazing to see how much they care for each other, as well as the compassion this couple pours into every critter in their care. It’s truly heartwarming!

Watch Linda and Pumpkin interact in the video below!

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By A.J. Gibson
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A.J. Gibson is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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